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Wrestler of the Week, July 20 - 27

Welcome to year four of Wrestler of the Week. Much like the previous three years this will continue to be a little way to highlight an individual (or tag team as the case may be) that had a particularly banner week in terms of storyline or on-air achievement. Just like in previous years, in addition to highlighting a Wrestler of Week, two honorable mentions will also be noted. Throughout the year point totals will be tallied. Just like in year three, each week 10 points will go to the actual Wrestler of the Week, 5 points going to the first Honorable Mention and 3 going to the second Honorable Mention. At the end of the year a Wrestler of the Year will be crowned.

Wrestler of the Week

Brock Lesnar

“The Beast Incarnate” made another grand return to WWE this past week on Monday Night RAW. Just as WWE COO Triple H was about to announce John Cena’s challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman facilitated the return. Every time Lesnar walks out on WWE TV it is a big deal and his return to stake his claim as the #1 contender immediately made him a huge threat to the company once again.

Honorable Mention

Joe Doering

Doering is a relatively unknown American born wrestler who has spent primarily his entire career over in All-Japan Pro Wrestling. He has made a name himself with hardcore wrestling enthusiasts over the years and finally made his mark on July 27 when he defeated Suwama to become the All-Japan Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion. The Triple Crown is a highly prestigious Championship and Doering cements himself as one of very few Americans to hold the Titles.

Kazuchika Okada

Arguably New Japan Pro Wrestling’s biggest star, “The Rainmaker” has been dominating the 2014 G1 Climax round robin-style tournament. He has reportedly performed in all of his matches so far and has won three of his five bouts so far. On night one of the tournament he pinned reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles in a non-title bout that is already being touted as a Match of the Year candidate.